Spring Lake Regional Park

 

 

     
 
About
 
 

Ownership

 
 
 
     
 

Links

 
 

Three Rivers Park District

 
     
 

Overview

 
 

 

 
     
 

History

 
 

 

 
     
 

Management

 
 

 

 
     
 

Comments

 
 

 

 
     
 
Location
 
 

Maps

 
 

Year-round Map

 
         
 

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Size

 
 

374 acres

 
         
 

Parking

 
 

15851 Howard Lake Road NW
Prior Lake, MN 55372

N44 43.149, W93 28.5140

 
         
 

Hours

 
 

5 AM–10 PM

 
         
 

Fees

 
 

No fee

 
         
 

Driving Directions

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Activities
 
 

Hiking Trails

 
 

This is a bike park. With the exception of a short 0.1 mile spur to Spring Lake, all of the trails are paved. One leg connects to the Scott West Regional Trail, a 12-mile paved bike trail.

4.37 miles paved bike trails

 
     
 

Hunting

 
 

No hunting

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

   
  Ecological Section    

Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal

   
  Ecological Subsection    

Big Woods

   
  Land Type Association    

Maple Plain Moraine

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

Southern Mesic Maple-Basswood Forest

   
  * Source: The Minnesota Biological Survey, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Ecological Resources      
         
 

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Southern Mesic Maple-Basswood Forest

 
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Sep 3, 2020

Spring Lake Regional Park in Prior Lake is our stop on this week's "Hitting The Trails" segment.

The regional park features over three miles of paved trails for walkers, runners, bikers and hikers.

 

 

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Visits

1/15/2017

  5/2/2019            
 
 

Amphibians

 
  boreal chorus frog (Pseudacris maculata)   boreal chorus frog  
 

Birds

 
 

Ten bird species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen here:

Endangered

Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)

Special Concern

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Forster’s Tern (Sterna forsteri)

Franklin’s Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan)

Henslow’s Sparrow (Centronyx henslowii)

Hooded Warbler (Setophaga citrina)

Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)

 
 

eBird Field Checklist

 
 

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Great Egret (Ardea alba)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)

Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis tabida)

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)

Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus)

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

 

American White Pelican

Blue Jay

Great Egret

Mallard

White-breasted Nuthatch

Wild Turkey

 
 

Fungi and Lichens

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fungi List

 
 

Artist’s Conk (Ganoderma applanatum)

Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa)

Cinnabar Polypore (Trametes cinnabarina)

Hairy Bracket (Trametes hirsuta)

Phomopsis gall on hickory (Phomopsis spp.)

  Phomopsis gall on hickory  
 

Insects and Arachnids

 
 

eastern boxelder bug (Boisea trivittata)

goldenrod bunch gall midge (Rhopalomyia solidaginis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

willow pinecone gall midge (Rabdophaga strobiloides)

  eastern boxelder bug  
 

Mammals

 
 

muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

  muskrat  
 

Plants

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Southern Mesic Maple-Basswood Forest MHs39

     
 

 

absinth wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)

alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum)

American elm (Ulmus americana)

American hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana)

American plum (Prunus americana)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardi)

bitternut hickory (Carya cordiformis)

black cherry (Prunus serotina var. serotina)

black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

catnip (Nepeta cataria)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

common blue violet (Viola sororia)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common duckweed (Lemna minor)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

cup plant (Silphium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum)

cut-leaved toothwort (Cardamine concatenata)

early meadow-rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)

fragrant bedstraw (Galium triflorum)

garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

giant foxtail (Setaria faberi)

gray-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

large-flowered trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)

little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium)

Missouri gooseberry (Ribes missouriense)

narrow-leaved purple coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia)

northern hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)

northern pin oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis)

northern prickly ash (Zanthoxylum americanum)

northern red oak (Quercus rubra)

orange daylily (Hemerocallis fulva)

Pennsylvania sedge (Carex pensylvanica)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

red pine (Pinus resinosa)

round-headed bush clover (Lespedeza capitata)

rue anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides)

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

spotted water hemlock (Cicuta maculata)

staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

sugar maple (Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum)

switch grass (Panicum virgatum var. virgatum)

tall meadow-rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

white clover (Trifolium repens)

white spruce (Picea glauca)

wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)

wild leek (Allium tricoccum)

wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa)

woodland strawberry (Fragaria vesca ssp. americana)

 

Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum (sugar maple)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)

Allium tricoccum (wild leek)

Andropogon gerardi (big bluestem)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Artemisia absinthium (absinth wormwood)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Cardamine concatenata (cut-leaved toothwort)

Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)

Carya cordiformis (bitternut hickory)

Celtis occidentalis (northern hackberry)

Cicuta maculata (spotted water hemlock)

Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Echinacea angustifolia (narrow-leaved purple coneflower)

Fragaria vesca ssp. americana (woodland strawberry)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium triflorum (fragrant bedstraw)

Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)

Glechoma hederacea (ground ivy)

Hemerocallis fulva (orange daylily)

Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum (Virginia waterleaf)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Lemna minor (common duckweed)

Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca (common motherwort)

Lespedeza capitata (round-headed bush clover)

Nepeta cataria (catnip)

Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana (American hophornbeam)

Panicum virgatum var. virgatum (switch grass)

Pastinaca sativa (wild parsnip)

Picea glauca (white spruce)

Pinus resinosa (red pine)

Pinus strobus (eastern white pine)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Prunus americana (American plum)

Prunus serotina var. serotina (black cherry)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Quercus ellipsoidalis (northern pin oak)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Quercus rubra (northern red oak)

Ratibida pinnata (gray-headed coneflower)

Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)

Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)

Ribes missouriense (Missouri gooseberry)

Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)

Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa (red elderberry)

Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)

Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium (little bluestem)

Setaria faberi (giant foxtail)

Silphium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum (cup plant)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (tall meadow-rue)

Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow-rue)

Thalictrum thalictroides (rue anemone)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Trifolium hybridum (alsike clover)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens (white clover)

Trillium grandiflorum (large-flowered trillium)

Ulmus americana (American elm)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Viola sororia (common blue violet)

Zanthoxylum americanum (northern prickly ash)

 

absinth wormwood

American plum

black raspberry

bloodroot

catnip

chokecherry

common milkweed

common yarrow

cut-leaved toothwort

gray-headed coneflower

large-flowered trillium

Missouri gooseberry

orange daylily

purple prairie clover

red elderberry

rue anemone

Virginia waterleaf

wild geranium

woodland strawberry

 

 

 

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